Photos of Babies with a Club Foot Deformity

Club Foot Basics

Newborn with Club Foot

Newborn with Club Foot
Club Foot Pictures Newborn with Club Foot. CDC Public Health Image Library

Club foot is a common disorder in which one or both of a baby's feet are turned inward and downward and can't easily be moved into a normal position. It is much more common for a baby to have a foot turned inward due to positioning, but these feet are very flexible and can easily be straightened with gentle manipulation. Newborns with a club foot are often treated with bracing, physical therapy, casting, and/or surgery.

A newborn baby with a club foot or clubbing of his left foot.

Notice how the foot is turned inward and downward.

This baby, in addition to clubbing of the left foot, had VACTERL Association, which according to the CDC is 'a nonrandom association of specific newborn abnormalities include to name a few, vertebral dysgenesis, anal defect, cardiac anomalies, tracheoesophageal fistulae, esophageal atresia, radial limb and renal anomalies.'

Reproduced from the CDC Public Health Image Library.

Baby With Clubfoot

A Newborn Baby with a Clubfoot
Club Foot Pictures A Newborn Baby with a Clubfoot. Vincent Iannelli, MD

A photo of a newborn baby with a clubfoot.

Although you can't tell from this photo, both feet are affected by the club foot deformity, causing them to turn inward and downward.

Baby with Clubfeet

Baby with Clubfeet
Club Foot Pictures Baby with Clubfeet. Vincent Iannelli, MD

A photo of a newborn baby in the NICU with a bilateral clubfoot deformity.

Notice how both feet are turned inward and downward.

Club Foot Casting Treatment

Club Foot Casting Treatment
Club Foot Pictures Club Foot Casting Treatment. Vincent Iannelli, MD

A two month old infant in casts as treatment for his bilateral club foot deformity.

Casting for Club Foot

Casting for Club Foot
Club Foot Pictures Casting for Club Foot. Vincent Iannelli, MD

A two month old infant with a bilateral clubfoot deformity who is being treated with casting.

Using the Ponseti method, the club foot is manipulated or stretched every 5 to 7 days and the plaster casts are changed.

This baby is on one of his last treatments for his clubfeet and will then wear a brace for a few years.

The alternatve to serial casting is a specialized physical therapy treatment program, in which the child undergoes daily stretching and taping of the club foot by a physical therapist, and eventually, by the parent at home.

When non-surgical treatments with casting and taping don't work, surgery is sometimes necesary to correct the club foot deformity.

Clubfoot Treatment 'After' Photo

Clubfoot Treatment 'After' Photo
Club Foot Pictures Clubfoot Treatment 'After' Photo. Vincent Iannelli, MD

A photo of an infant with bilateral clubfeet who has just had several months of casting treatment using the Ponseti method. He will still have to undergo daily bracing for most of the day for many months, but his feet look great!

In addition to his clubfoot, you can see that he has also developed an umbilical hernia. Unlike his clubfoot, the umbilical hernia will hopefully go away on its own and should not need any treatment.

Bracing Bar for Clubfoot

Bracing Bar for Clubfoot
Club Foot Pictures Bracing Bar for Clubfoot. Vincent Iannelli, MD

This is a photo of an infant in a Denis Browne bracing bar after undergoing months of casting using the Ponseti method as treatment for his bilateral clubfeet.

He will have to wear the bracing bar for 23 hours a day for about 3 months and then only at night for two to four years.

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